Ruggedized PS3

Rugged PS3 in Pelican Storm casing

Here’s the project we built for The Ben Heck Show episode 9. It’s ruggedized PlayStation 3 for use in Afghanistan. It has a 22″ LCD screen, built-in speakers, TV tuner, network switch and storage compartment.

For all of the details on how this was done and to see the unit in action, be sure to check out the latest episode of my show. Enjoy!

Comments

  1. Nooooo, you compromised the all important waterproof feature of the Pelican case by drilling into it!!!

  2. Nice build, not nearly as complicated as so many others. Did you think about installing a video switch and a 360 in there as well? Would need more cooling or it would melt the case I think :P

    Anyways, thanks for the build and kudos to element 14 for springing for the costs.

  3. Is the Ruggedized PS3 for sale. If so, What is the cost along with shipment to India.
    Its a great product.

    Thank you

  4. I was the band Incubus’s personal chef for a time. They did a lot of the music for Halo. Microsoft built them a portable X-Box in a pelican hard case, 25″ lcd screen,it was wi-fi capable and had 4 wireless controllers. We played Halo anywhere we wanted. It was presented to the band at their Seattle H.Q. while we were on tour.

  5. this is amazing. Never been a modder junkie or electrical know-it-all, but I am fascinated by this. Great job Ben, keep it up!

  6. […] Ben Heck ha creado el mod de una PS3 más resistente del mundo. El modelo, que según el autor ha sido creado para ser llevado a Afganistán, está dentro de una maleta Pelican ultrarresistente e incluye pantalla LCD de 22 pulgadas con altavoces incorporados, sintonizador de televisión, un switch para activar las funciones de red y un compartimento para guardar cosas (siendo para Afganistán, quiere decir caballo). […]

  7. omg.. that was fucking cool 0o

    just one thing missing.
    a Linux Ruter. to sett up a local wirles lan. to make it more ease to connect more ps3 2 gether. =P

  8. Personally I think you were brave taking on this assignment. Let’s hope you make it better for your next. V productive, I’ll have a shot at that soon! I’m gonna bob up and see you this week. I’m sure we will have a belting time x

  9. Wow. I’m actually reading about this from a FOB in Afghanistan right now, and my unit would go berserk to get their hands on something like this. Any chance of it going out for sale?

  10. I didn’t not realize how simple it is for the PS3 to be taken apart and pretty much modified as well. Nice work and to the couple overseas…don’t play too much and get into trouble now!

  11. awww… you just forgot one thing: A place to keep the controller inside the case when you are not using it….

  12. […] Ben Heck really wanted to change all that. He went on a mission to create the first, almost bullet proof, robust PS3 console briefcase. It’s everything a soldier would want to keep his or her mind off all those horrible things they have to go through each and every day when they are out there fighting. It’s with creativity incentives like this that the world will become a much nicer place to live. Sure, I’d vote for all the wars to have ended long ago, but the reality says another thing unfortunately. […]

  13. I loved watching this come together! I imagine the troops sitting around playing this and feeling really grateful!

  14. Is there a blueprint of the design for this? I used to remember seeing them somewhere but can’t find it anymore! I have access to equipment and I have all the stuff, just need the plans for the sheet metal! Any help would be great

  15. Ben,

    I would love to have something like this on the US Navy ship I am currently assigned to. For shipboard electrical safety reasons, the problem with this mod is just that, it is a mod. To use this on the ship, all components would have to remain in their original cases and maintain UL standards. For the lower half, keeping the PS3 in its case would not be a problem. The big problem would be the screen. Can you redesign the build to comply with electrical safety regulations?

    I was think of a few other tweaks including a screen that could unhinged and turned around, retractable power cord, and after market sound/speakers. The Holy Grail would to make it battery operated, that would be too much.

    I have seen another company roll out an LCD and case product, but it looks cheap. Please help.